The British Sports Car Hall of Fame

showroom-art-2016-013The British Sports Car Hall of Fame was established as an independent entity in 2016 to preserve and perpetuate the legacy and impact of these legendary vehicles and to honor the men and women responsible for their success. Induction into the Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made a significant and lasting impact on the British sports car industry and hobby, making it a singular honor for a lifetime of achievement. By celebrating the memory of the dedicated individuals that played key roles, the Hall can serve as a touchstone for British sports car enthusiasts of all ages and interests, furthered by its various preservation and education initiatives.

Nominees for induction are selected from the following seven categories:

  • Automobile Clubs and Associations
  • Automotive Dealers and Distributors
  • Aftermarket Suppliers, Parts Manufacturers and the Service Industry
  • Executives, Engineers, and Designers
  • Journalists and Historians
  • Competition and Racing
  • Special Contributors and Pioneers

showroom-art-2016-014Nominations can be submitted at anytime through a number of different avenues with the selection of a nominee based on the combined results of a popular vote and a deliberation process conducted by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, consisting of a distinguished group of club representatives, media members and historians from around the world. An honoree class is inducted every two years, although nominations will be considered by the selection committee on an ongoing basis. Initially, an emphasis will be placed on honoring living nominees who may not have received recognition for their myriad accomplishments.


showroom-art-2016-016Beyond the plaques honoring the individual inductees and the various exhibits featuring significant automobiles and memorabilia on display, the Hall will eventually house a comprehensive documentary and photographic library and archive to collect, preserve and provide access to these resources for scholars, journalists and enthusiasts to broaden awareness and understanding of British sports cars, their roots, development and history, as well as their impact on society and popular culture. The Hall will also offer special educational programs, and host a calendar of specialist motoring events, which will be highlighted by the semi-annual Moss Motorfest and British Sports Car Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Located at the Moss Motors Sales and Distribution Facility in Petersburg, Virginia, the Hall welcomes both individual and group visits, and can host special events and tours on an appointment basis through special arrangement with the facility staff.

The Hall of Fame is supported by contributions from individuals and industry stakeholders and operates as an independent entity, founded solely to recognize the individuals who have been selected for induction.

 

THE BRITISH SPORTS CAR HALL OF FAME SELECTION RULES & POLICIES

Purpose of The British Sports Car Hall of Fame. The British Sports Car Hall of Fame is established as a 501C(3)  charitable organization to preserve and perpetuate the legacy and impact of these legendary vehicles and to honor the men and women responsible for their success. Induction into the Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made a significant and lasting impact on the British sports car industry and hobby, making it a singular honor for a lifetime of achievement. By celebrating the memory of the dedicated individuals that played key roles, the Hall can serve as a touchstone for British sports car enthusiasts of all ages and interests, furthered by its various preservation and education initiatives to preserve and protect the history and cultural impact of British sports cars in America.

Eligibility. Nominees for induction are selected from the following categories:

Members of Industry. Persons connected with the British car industry as dealers, distributors, executives and managers, engineers, designers, aftermarket suppliers, parts manufacturers, and others whose efforts contributed to the advancement of design, technology, maintenance, or historical events attached to British Sports cars.

Special Contributors and Pioneers. Persons whose contributions or notoriety have advanced awareness, quality, or enjoyment of the British car hobby.

Motoring Press.  Journalists and historians whose work records and enhances enjoyment and preservation of the history of the British sports car hobby.

Groups/Organizations. Associations, clubs, or other organizations whose efforts have enhanced and preserved the history and enjoyment of the British sports car hobby.

Competition and Racing. Drivers, teams, owners, and others who have excelled in the greater theater of motorsport competition with British Sports Cars.

Nominations.

Nominees will be selected based on the combined results of a popular vote and a deliberative process conducted by The Hall of Fame Selection committee. The Selection Committee is responsible for the tracking and organization of nominees.

Any individual or group may suggest nominations. An honoree class will be inducted every 2 years, although nominations may be considered by the selection committee on an ongoing basis.

Selection Committee.

Purpose. The Selection Committee is tasked with assembling and organizing a current list of induction nominees. The committee, based on their collective experience, will choose members for each induction class.

Composition. The nominating committee will be comprised of a Chairman elected by the Hall of Fame Board of Advisors and at least 5 but no more than 9 voting members selected by the Chairman and approved by the Board of Advisors. The voting members of The Selection Committee shall be comprised of accredited members of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Motor Press Guild, International Motoring Press Association, Society of Automotive Historians, The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain, or as determined by the Chairman, individuals of high  stature associated with the British car hobby.

Fan Voting.

  • Interested parties are encouraged to nominate individuals and/or organizations to the list of potential inductees. The selection committee reserves the right to vet nominations for appropriateness and qualifications. Approved fan nominations will appear on the list of nominations, and may be selected for induction by the committee, or by popular vote.
  • Fans may also separately vote to induct nominees to a Hall of Fame class.

Frequency and Extent of Induction Class.

  • Once every two years, the selection committee will choose not less than five, nor more than ten inductees for that induction period’s class. The class will include one inductee chosen by popular vote, taken at the Hall of Fame web site.
  • Popular vote totals will not roll over from class to class.
    • The Selection Committee will vet the winning fan inductee vote for appropriateness of the ballot. If the selection committee determines unfair means of ballot stuffing has taken place, it reserves the right to reject the winning popular vote inductee.
    • If  the Selection Committee determines the popular vote has been tainted by unfair means, it reserves the right to transfer the induction to the nominee with the next highest vote. The British Sports Car Hall of Fame reserves the right to determine what constitutes unfair balloting practice.

Rights of the Hall of Fame.

Vetting of Fan Nominations and Votes. The British Sports Car Hall of Fame reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to eliminate any fan nomination or induction vote, based on suitability of the candidate, evidence of machine-based ballot stuffing, or other disqualifying factors.

Removal. The British Sports Car Hall of Fame reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to remove any nominee, or previously inducted person for actions which cast said person(s) in a light which negatively affects the integrity of the Hall of Fame.